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Northern Edge 2019 kicks off in Alaska

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 3rd Wing, takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during exercise Northern Edge 2017, May 11, 2017.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 3rd Wing, takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during exercise Northern Edge 2017, May 11, 2017. Northern Edge 2019 is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the region. The training provides the opportunity to hone current and test future applications of combat operations and weapons capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Approximately 10,000 U.S. military personnel will participate in exercise Northern Edge 2019 (NE19), a joint training exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces, scheduled for May 13-24, 2019 on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska.

NE19 is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises in 2019 that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific. The exercise is designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, to improve command, control and communication relationships, and to develop interoperable plans and programs across the joint force.

Personnel from U.S. military units stationed in the continental United States and from U.S. installations in the Indo-Pacific will participate with approximately 250 aircraft from all services, and five U.S. Navy ships. For the first time in 10 years, a Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier will be participating in the exercise.

Participants will serve as part of a joint task force, which will help enhance multi-service integration and exercise a wide range of joint capabilities

Major participating units include: U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and U.S. Naval Reserve.

NE19 is the largest military training exercise scheduled in Alaska this year with virtual and live participants from all over the United States exercising alongside live players.

Media interested in covering the exercise should contact the Northern Edge Joint Information Bureau office at (907) 552-7480. Follow the Northern Edge 2019 Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) page https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/NE19 for full coverage of the exercise.